Aboriginal Heritage - Melville
Scientific name: Acacia cyclops
- Each black seed of the red eyed wattle is surrounded by a blood red seed stalk giving it the appearance of a bloodshot eye.
- The scientific name refers to Cyclops, the mythical one eyed giant of Greek legend.
- Aboriginal people collected the hard black seeds and ground them to produce a chalky white powder, which was mixed with water and baked into cakes.
- Many insect larvae (bardi grubs) burrow into the stems, leaving a characteristic hole with a residue of sawdust that provides a clue to their presence. These grubs were a nutritious and sought after food.
- A gum exuded from the stem is also edible.
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